Essential Air Service

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Essential Air Service program has been extended for five years for several Upper Peninsula airports. 

Funded through the U.S. Department of Transportation, the program provides critical air service that connects rural and remote areas with major hubs.

The U.P. airports that will receive funding through 2023 are the Delta County Airport in Escanaba, Houghton County Memorial Airport, Ford Airport in Kingsford, the Gogebic-Iron County Airport in Ironwood, and the Chippewa County International Airport in Sault Ste. Marie.

ESCANABA, MI--   The Delta County Airport will offer Essential Air Service flights to Detroit for another two years.

Congressman Jack Bergman says the U.S. Department of Transportation has re-selected SkyWest Airlines—branded as Delta Connection—to serve Escanaba. The airport will offer 12 nonstop round trips per week to Detroit Metropolitan Airport using a 50 passenger Canadair regional jet.

The new, two-year contract runs from January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2020.

LANSING, MI--   The Michigan House has adopted a resolution introduced by Representative Beau LaFave urging the president and Congress to continue fully funding the Essential Air Services program. 

The program provides smaller communities around the country with commercial airline services.

President Trump had recommended cuts to the program’s budget, which would affect five airports in the U.P

WASHINGTON (WNMU) – A federal program that subsidizes commercial air service for small towns and rural communities across the lower 48 states is struggling to remain aloft.

The program, known as Essential Air Service, began in 1978 after the government deregulated the airlines. It gives carriers a financial incentive not to drop lightly traveled routes that lose money.

Conservatives say the $200 million program is wasteful, while supporters say it’s a lifesaver for rural economies. Now, they say it’s more vulnerable than ever as Congress tries to reduce the budget deficit.